Health Alert: Secondhand Smoke as Harmful to Pets as People


Written by: Phil Monahan

Photo via washingtonpost.com

The dangers of secondhand smoke to humans has been well understood for decades, but how many smokers consider the effects on their pets? An interesting and troubling story in the Washington Post yesterday looks at how bad things can be:

Secondhand smoke can cause lung and nasal cancer in dogs, malignant lymphoma in cats and allergy and respiratory problems in both animals, according to studies done at Tufts University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, Colorado State University and other schools.

As I’m sure you know by now, Orvis has teamed with the Morris Animal Foundation to fight canine cancer, so this is a subject that we care deeply about.

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